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The Orange County Bird of Prey Center

This webpage about the Orange County Bird of Prey Center is posted on the Sea & Sage Audubon website for information purposes only. The Bird of Prey Center is not part of Sea & Sage nor are we affiliated with it. To contact the Bird of Prey Center, do so by telephone at (949) 837-0756; do not contact Sea & Sage Audubon. For additional information about the OC Bird of Prey Center, or to sponsor one of their raptors, visit their website.

Our Mission: The Orange County Bird of Prey Center was formed to:
• Educate the community about raptors
• Rehabilitate injured raptors
• Release recuperated (recovered) raptors back into the wild
What are raptors?
Raptors are birds of prey. Owls, eagle, falons, condors, hawks, ospreys, kites, and vultures are all raptors Raptors have strong grasping feet with sharp talons for catching and holding prey. Their hooked upper beak tears and kills prey, and their binocular vision allows them depth perception for hunting..
Our Education Programs:
The Center realizes that the long-term solution to preventing many of the injuries seen is through education. Volunteers take birds to schools, Scout meetings, park programs. public television specieals, and nature exhibits. The birds used for the educational programs are non-releasable.
Our Rehabilitation Programs:
Injured and orphaned raptors are brought to the center by concerned individuals, Federal, State, and County agencies. They are initially examined by a veterinarian and a course of treatment is persecribed. Sometimes x-rays, surgery, and other medical therapy is required. Young birds learn to hunt live food, honing their hunting and flying skills. Releasable birds are then kept in flight cages (mews) to regain the necessary skills and strength to return to the wild.
Our Release Program:
When a bird is ready for release, it is placed in a location similar to its natural habitat.
How to Help:
If you encounter a raptor that appears to be injured or ill, call us at (949) 837-0756, or contact Animal Control at (714) 935-6848.
If handling the bird is necessary, use heavy gloves to avoid injury by its sharp talons and beak. A towel or blanket temporarily places over the bird may allow easier handling. Grasp the bird on its sides over properly folded wings. The raptor can then be placed is a heavy cardboard box, which should be only slightly larger thn the bird itself.
When you find a young bird that you think is abandoned, be ceretain that it is truly orphaned before removing it from the area. Young birds are often out of their nests a few days before they can fly, being cared for by parents that are nearby, but possibly not visible. The adult birds can do a much better job of raising young than can humans. You can help t he parents by keeping dogs and cats out of the area.
Always make a record of the time, date, and location of capture. Always refer captured birds to the Center or Animal Control, as it is the legal thing to do.
Our Volunteer Program:
The Center relies upon its volunteers to support all of the Center's work. Please contact the volunteer coordinator at (949) 837-0786 for more information.
Our Donation Program:
The Center relies solely on contributions from people like you to continue our work. Contact (949) 837-0786 for more informaiton on our speaking engagements and for any wish list of items that we need.


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